Lakehead Athletics presented their annual honors on Saturday amidst fun, fanfare, and the Thunderwolves family.
The Athlete of the Year honors went to Jylisa Williams of the women's basketball team, and Kevin Tree of the men's cross country running and indoor track teams.
A full list of award winners follows below.
Williams soared to national notoriety in her two years at Lakehead, capping off her university career this season as the OUA and CIS Player of the Year. In doing so she also set multiple Lakehead and OUA scoring records. Williams also won the women's basketball team's MVP and best defensive player awards.
Kevin Tree, who couldn't attend the awards gala due to participating in the world cross country championships in China, also broke records this year, including Lakehead's 3000m, which stood for 40 years. Kevin made the Canadian national running team, and competed in Colombia in February, and was an OUA All Star in cross country running. Tree was also named MVP for the cross country running and indoor track teams.
The Hank Akervall memorial award, which combines athletic and academic excellence with community spirit, went to graduating senior Anthony McIntosh of the men's basketball team.
As for the Rookies of the Year, Rheanna Geisel of the women's volleyball team and Brennen Dubchak of the men's hockey team were honored for their outstanding performances in their freshman campaigns at Lakehead.
"This is a special event every year, and it just keeps getting better," said Athletics Director Tom Warden in his closing remarks. "The people in this room work very hard to represent Lakehead well and once gain have done an outstanding job."
Athletes of the Year
Female - Jylisa Williams
Male - Kevin Tree
Freshman of the Year
Female - Rheanna Geisel
Male - Brennen Dubchak
Hank Akervall Award
Team Award Winners (by team):
Rookie of the Year - Jake Wright
Best Offensive Player - Mike Hammond
Best Work Ethic - Kelin Ainsworth
Best Defensive Player - Justin Sefton
MVP - Mike Hammond
Rookie of the Year - Bridget O'Reilly
Most Improved Player - Corina Bruni
Best Defensive Player - Jylisa Wiiliams
Amanda Nesbitt Award - Katie Ulakovic
MVP - Jylisa Williams
Male Rookie of the Year - Kevin Leatherdale
Female Rookie of the Year - Gabrielle Fairhurst
Women’s Most Valuable Wrestler - Emma Horner
Men’s Most Valuable Wrestler - Chris Waltner
Frank Schaller Award - Tyler Ashurst
Cross Country Running/Indoor Track
XCR Women’s MVP - Mary Strain
XCR Men’s MVP - Kevin Tree
Track Women’s MVP - Callie Roelfsema
Track Men’s MVP - Kevin Tree
Women’s MVP - Moira Haggarty
Men’s Rookie - Angus Foster
Men’s MVP - Scott Hill
Sportsperson of the Year - Sean Carter
Most Improved - Bacarius Dinkins
Best Defensive Player - Alex Robichaud
MVP - Dwayne Harvey and Anthony McIntosh
Rookie - Rheanna Geisel
Coaches Award - Jasmine Fox
Corinne Kollman - Rachel Moore
Most Improved - Kailan Robinson
MVP - Breanne Hilhorst